The Next Big Thing

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Hot Desk Edition #1

In this edition of the Next Big Thing, hear works-in-progress from our first group of Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellows – who’ve been working on their projects over the past ten weeks inside the Wheeler Centre.


Portrait of Mandy Beaumont

Mandy Beaumont

Mandy Beaumont teaches Creative Writing at Griffith University. She also works as a Union Official. Most recently Mandy was a finalist in the Newcastle Short Story Award and the Overland Fair Work Award. She also won the MOTH International Short Story Award. Mandy was guest Overland Fiction Editor for the 'The Idea of Women' edition in October and is also a member of the advisory committee for Arts Queensland Literature Grants. She has just been shortlisted for the Rachel Funari Short Story Prize and is widely published.

Portrait of Ana Maria Gomides

Ana Maria Gomides

Ana Maria Gomides is a full time Beyoncé lover and cat mother. She moonlights as cunning sorceress, battling the evils of racism, sexism, homophobia and the stigma attached to mental illnesses with her black girl magic and the power of her words. She refuses to be silent and encourages others to do the same.

Portrait of Samantha Hill

Samantha Hill

Samantha Hill is a Melbourne-based playwright, actor, and teacher. She studied Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne/ VCA, Screenwriting at RMIT, and has a Masters of Teaching (Primary) from the University of Melbourne. Her plays include Merry Christmas, Bitches!, Little Moth and the Broken Giants, The Last Days of Bette Davis (A Complete Fabrication), and The Lynching of Little Hannah (A Christmas Time-Travelling Adventure Miracle). 

Portrait of Khalid Warsame

Khalid Warsame

Khalid Warsame is a writer, editor, and arts-worker who lives in Melbourne. He is a Creative Producer at Footscray Community Arts Centre, Fiction Editor for the Lifted Brow, and Co-Director of the National Young Writers Festival. His short fiction and essays have appeared in a number of publications, and he was recently awarded a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship.

Portrait of Angela Serrano

Angela Serrano

Angela Serrano is a queer Filipino-Australian Melbourne-based freelance writer, model, producer, project manager. Her literary non-fiction, features journalism, reviews, poetry, and photography collaborations have appeared or will soon be published in Archer, The Lifted Brow, Hot Chicks with Big Brains, Mascara Literary Review, Verity La, Pencilled In, Overland, Cordite Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

Portrait of Mira Schlosberg

Mira Schlosberg

Mira Schlosberg is a writer, comics artist and Voiceworks fiction editor whose work has appeared in The Lifted Brow, Voiceworks and Honi Soit.

The Next Big Thing

New and emerging writers often produce adventurous, experimental or honest work – with the lesser burden of expectation, habit and legacy allowing for more careful or bold ideas.

A Wheeler Centre stalwart, our Next Big Thing series showcases the best in fresh Australian writing – with a focus on a different genre each month. You’ll hear from future favourites, and discover new darlings while you enjoy a drink and a bite in the intimate surrounds of The Moat.

Why wait for everyone else to catch up? Find tomorrow’s literary stars today.


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